This is Ayala Land’s 9th Sustainability Report. This year, we continue our approach to report our sustainability performance in terms of our Four Focus Areas: Site Resilience, Pedestrian-Transit Connectivity, Eco-efficiency, and Local Economic Development. This enables us to provide a comprehensive discussion on how we embed sustainability in the way we conduct the business. This report complements our 2015 Annual Report where our financial results and corporate governance practices are discussed.
We also recognize that an empowered organization is critical to the growth and sustainability of the company. We include a section on our efforts in enabling our people to develop and integrate sustainable practices in their line of work.
This Sustainability Report covers Ayala Land’s units involved in project development and commercial leasing (shopping centers, offices, hotels and resorts) operations. Except for employee data, indicators do not include operations of subsidiaries that provide support services, and new business units such as QualiMed, AirSwift, FamilyMart, and Merkado Supermarket. The specific boundary and business units to which certain performance indicators are most material and applicable is specified in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Content Index. This covers performance data from our operations in the Philippines from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. For comparison, data from previous years are included where available. G4-18
This report is available online for download at www.ayalaland.com.ph/sustainability.
A subsidiary of Ayala Corporation, one of the Philippines’ oldest and largest conglomerates, Ayala Land is a premiere real estate developer whose commitment to sustainability, urban planning, and environmental conservation is unparalleled. Combining scientific information with customer insight, it has identified four focus areas that will contribute to the long-term sustainability of its developments. These are: site resilience, pedestrian and transit connectivity, eco-efficiency, and local economic development. We created custom infographics to showcase the interplay of the focus areas and tell the story of their contributions in communities nationwide.
Cooperative Partnerships for Employment
The property development sector has great potential for employment creation, not only in construction and facilities management but also in related professional services during operations, as well as the supply of materials and components in various stages of the project cycle.10 With more than 40,00011 jobs, construction continues to dominate Ayala Land’s contribution to direct employment in various regions of the country.
On the other hand, the nature of the construction industry presents challenges due to the variations in demand for skill types and qualifications throughout the project timeline. Given the limited period required to accomplish construction activities, contingent and temporary working arrangements were deemed as cost-effective, especially where competition for manpower is fierce. Some practices, however, kept certain individuals from attaining stable livelihood status and accessing benefits available to regular employees.
To deal with the disadvantages brought about by such arrangements, cooperatives emerged to protect the rights of laborers. Over the past few years, Ayala Land’s construction arm, MDC, actively pursued innovations in fair labor practice by engaging workers' cooperatives, whose members organized themselves in cooperative enterprises. Workers’ cooperatives are increasingly recognized as effective means to preserve jobs while protecting the rights and welfare of limited-term (contractual) employees.